When I moved from the UK I had to give all my seeds away to neighbours and friends. The customs laws in the US prevented me from bringing them into the country. Understandable really and I didn’t mind at all. But, that meant that when I arrived my seedbox was empty. That was strange for me because it has never been empty since the day I bought it. Infact, most of the time it was bulging and groaning under the weight of new seeds that I simply COULD NOT avoid buying or saved seed that, ‘well I might sow one day!’.
So, since this is the new year and in preparation for that lovely time of year when we all ‘start sowing’ I bought some seed. Okay, I might have gone a bit over board but I won’t be needing any new seed for a while. Most of them I bought from Botanical Interests – simply because they have lovely illustrations on the front. And I also bought some Herb seeds from the Territorial Seed Company too.
A few of the packets are seed that I’ve never grown before; Watermelon, Edamame beans, Black Krim beefsteak Tomatoes and some Chilli Pepper.
RT @mytinyplot: Building Up My Seed Box Again http://t.co/jUyGgxks
I was completely seduced by BI’s packaging as well and put in a phenomenal order three seasons ago. I went totally overboard but have no regrets and plenty of stock leftover. Happy seeding!
@mytinyplot good to see you tweeting again, I also have a dangerous seed habit, hoping it will be solved by planting a field of flowers
You may be interested in Seed Savers, too, if you like heirloom varieties: http://www.seedsavers.org/
Those seed packets are really lovely! I’d have bought them for the illustrations too! I hope they grow well for you. I found your blog just before Christmas and it’s really cool! Looking forward to following in 2013 : )
Hi, I’m one of those long time followers that has never said hello. Thought I probably should. So, Hello! I love BI seeds, and Black Krim might be my all-time favorite tasting tomato. It’s so yummy, you’ll love it. I’ve been putting off any seed orders, but seeing your photos makes me want to sit down and sort out the garden. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year!
I, too, am a buyer of seeds. Last year was our first year with a garden, it was really just a long raised bed. We planted a few things and had great success and a couple failures. Someone then turned me onto Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds website and I am ordering seeds all the time!!! They sent me a beautiful, large, picture-filled catalog. We have more seeds than we could ever plant. My husband is trying hydroponics so my excuse for my latest order of seeds is that he will have room for them! And we must have a variety of seeds for when we do have more room :0)
I am new to your blog and am enjoying it very much.
Happy New year!
Which varieties of chilli are you going to grow?
I can never bring myself to throw away any seed even though about half of my box is probably way too old to be viable. So I kind of envy a fresh seed box start! Good luck and enjoy!
I love your seed box. Seeds are magic things, full of promise. All those lovely packets of seeds untouched and ready to go.
No matter how hard I try mine is just overflowing with half used packets and tiny envelopes with seeds I’ve gathered myself.
What beautiful packaging. I can see why you went a bit crazy and bought the catalogue.
Does your new location mean you can start planting earlier than you would have done in the UK?
Happy New Year MTP. Looking forward to your updates in 2013.
Oh, I love that packaging, would buy it just for that.
Those are gorgeous packets and I can see why you found them so seductive. Growing Edamame Beans sounds very exciting. I grew Black Krim tomatoes for the first time this year, and even in rainy old London (UK) they grew really well (outdoors) and were absolutely delicious. I’m definitely growing them again this year. Happy New Year and wishing you a great growing season with all your fab new seeds in 2013.
I’ll put my plug in for Territorial Seed. The packaging isn’t pretty but the seed rocks! and they trial their seeds right here in Oregon so you know it’ll grow in your new climate.
I just found out about your blog and like the first two years so far. Welcome to the US! I but a lot from Pinetree Garden Seeds and recommend it — especially for lettuce (which it seems you like). You can buy their lettuce mix and get 1/2 oz of lettuce seeds. They have a winter mix too.
Collecting seeds is one of my favorite things, too. Buying an envelope of jiggly seeds carries with it so much anticipation . . . have fun filling your seed box. And good choice on the black krim tomatoes. We grew them last season and really enjoyed them!